Voor de voorstelling ‘Dorian Gray’ van Ulrike Quade Company en Silbersee hebben de Transketeers het contextprogramma gemaakt.
Stap voor en na de voorstelling Dorian Gray in de foyer van het theater de Virtual Reality in! In de Dorian Gray VR-beleving zweef je in korte tijd door verschillende universums, land je op plekken waar je als normaal mens niet komt en word je meegenomen door een soundscape die je uiteindelijk weer met beiden benen op de grond zet. Voel hoe een eeuwig leven voelt, hoe nietig de mens eigenlijk is en wat het is om lichaamsloos te zijn. De VR-beleving wordt gemaakt door videocollectief de Transketeers i.s.m. met componist Wouter Snoei.
Ook onderdeel van dit contextprogramma is een podcast miniserie.
In deze miniserie zoeken we antwoord op de vragen: Wat betekent het om 1000 te worden? Hoe gaat de wereld eruit zien, als we over 20 jaar niet meer overlijden aan ziektes? En wat betekent het als je eeuwig kan leven door jezelf te leren aan een kunstmatige intelligentie?
Aan de hand van de voorstelling: Dorian Gray van de Ulrike Quade Company en Silbersee gaan we in gesprek met dramaturg en filosoof Thomas Lamers.
Zo leer je de diepere laag achter de voorstelling en kom je tot bijzondere, nieuwe inzichten.
www.ulrikequade.nl of www.silbersee.com voor de laatste speeldata.
Presentatie: Chris Rijksen
Gesprekspartner: Thomas Lamers
Geproduceerd en gemonteerd door: Bart Peters
Niet weten hoe je iemand aan de balie of aan de telefoon moet aanspreken. Het kan zorgen voor pijnlijke situaties. Voor jou als publieke dienstverlener en al helemaal voor de persoon met wie je te maken hebt. Zeg je “meneer” of “mevrouw”? Of iets anders? Hoe ga je professioneel met zulke situaties om en hoe voorkom je dat je transgender personen onbedoeld kwetst?
De Transketeers hebben een e-learning ontwikkeld die precies hierover gaat. Kijk hieronder de trailer!
Deze training is te doen op de Movisie-academie. Je moet wel eerst een gratis account aanmaken.
At the Amsterdam Fringe festival 2018 I was part of the show of Rikkert van Huisstede; Boys won’t be boys
It is about the constraints we put on boys, manliness and masculinity, and the show was an open invitation to create more space for different forms of being a (hu)man.
Some of the other artists included Leendert Vooijce, Barry de Bruin,
Allard Medema, Lester Arias, Redouane Amine, REINDIER, Willem Wits, Frans Blokhuis
Read here an interview for his statement (dutch)
Daniël is a friend and a very talented designer. He now has a large project on kickstarter, where you finally get the chance to buy from him.
The Stainless Steel cutlery ‘Quid Feci’ by designer Daniel van Dijck is a feast for the eye. His unusual designs come from a very personal experience, which he beautifully translates into material.
You can see his kickstarter campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/danielvandijck/stainless-steel-cutlery-set-5-pieces
Design: Daniël van Dijck
Video: Chris Rijksen
Music: Adventure, Darling by Gillicuddy
Together with Yuri Veerman, I made a video for the Kunstenbond.
Louis! I love him. A special portrait for the Volksbuurtmuseum in Utrecht.
My dear friend Casper! Also a portrait for the Volksbuurtmuseum in Utrecht.
The time is now; you can support the Transketeers on Patreon! If you feel like supporting my work with the Transketeers, I would like to guide you to the Patreon page. There you can pledge, support us, even from an amount like 1$ a month, and we keep personally in touch with you. There are some fun extra’s on Patreon! I hope to see you there.
Siba Sahabi and I worked together on the video-registration of her work Perspectives.
I also worked with Siba to make the documentary Obscura.
My dear friend Suus Kortbeek is a theater/film producer with her own Titaan Producties company, and I had the pleasure to take a portrait photo of her.
We planned a day this week; and it was terrible weather all the days before. We jokingly said that this was a high winds production.
Inspired by the work of Alhazen, Siba Sahabi created her project Obscura. Documentary film by Chris Rijksen.
Concept: Siba Sahabi
Film: Chris Rijksen
Voice-over: Pim Bastian
Made possible by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Stichting Stokroos and the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo.
6 OBJECTS – Projecting Identity Expressions
A concept developed and directed by Debora Dax
Dionisis Argyropoulos-Ioannou (Dynno Dada)
Lilia Scheerder (Antoine Panaché)
Producer: Jella Lena van Eck
Director of Photography: Chris Rijksen
Edit: Jella Lena van Eck
Location Sound Recordist: Sebastian Iglesias
Sound Designer: Sebastian Iglesias
Music: Aki Spadaro
Special thanks to: Maik and Sylvia for their critical questions
This project is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts)
In July I had the amazing honour to speak at Creative Mornings Rotterdam.
The theme of the talk was Equality, and I was early in the morning in Rotterdam to speak about this, talk about my work with the Transketeers, and inspire other creatives to challenge stereotypes. The talk was recorded and is now online:
And yes, I am visibily nervous.
How do you talk about a tricky subject as trans*people at work? We, with the Transketeers, took this quest and made it into a pubquiz! We took real and relatable stories and created challenging questions for in our Quiz. Maybe you can win the trophee. And please don’t take yourself too seriously.
Here is one of the questions for a little tease of the project.
This project is a collaboration from Transketeers with Artikel 1 midden Nederland, and is developed for Midzomergracht festival Utrecht.
I had the honour and pleasure to photograph the photographer Melanie Samat in her own office.
Darkrooms, for many people a place they never visited. For some people the place to experience a unique kind of intimacy. Stories from darkrooms often refer to (gay)men. Darkroom stories from women you don’t hear very often. That’s why we have 3 different stories from 3 different women who experienced a darkroom.
Director and Edit: Bart Peters
Production and Questions: Dorien Rozing
Camera and Grading: Chris Rijksen
Subtitles: Toby Chlosta
Produced in 2017
This series is selected by the Porn Film Festival Berlin.
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This Saturday we had a hottub full of interesting people in the lovely wide lands of Flevoland.
Lieke Sanders, who has her company Meubelbar, asked me to make a portrait.
Come with us and meet Richard Keldoulis, owner of Club Church.
Director, editor: Bart Peters
Production, Interview: Dorien Rozing
Camera: Chris Rijksen
Subtitles: Toby Chlosta
Happy to provide you with the series Queer Amsterdam, BNN-VARA, Bart and Dorien and the rest of the crew proudly present you more then 60 minutes of awesomeness.
I am to be found at the credits, as a gaffer. AND there are English subtitles in youtube if you need them.
Nothing special today, just some casual GIF fun on your Monday. I’m working on the animations, and it’s rather fun!
It has already been a while since I was on the set of Queer Amsterdam, the series of Bart and Toby, which they’ve been working on for a great amount of time. Upcoming Wednesday, everything will be online for views! Please watch the teaser now on Youtube!
In a rare occasion I did the photo coverage of the wedding of Thomas and Dominic yesterday, and although this is a quite intimate event, I was very happy to be a part of.
I have been working on the website of my collective, the Transketeers. We work on making movies, fiction and documentary, and we work a lot on advocacy, positive and nuanced visibility for Transgenders. I very much encourage you to have a look around on the website, to not only our daily madness, but also see what kind of awesome projects we do! I love my two fellow Transketeers Bart and Jonah, and we have an awesome year ahead of us. So, go over to the website www.transketeers.com and give it a shot.
For the in depth documentaries behind the series Queer Amsterdam, Bart, Dorien and I went to Danae to talk about the special underwear she makes for trans*people.
The last day of filming with Sagas and Sissies! Big fun with Aynouk Tan, and I’m looking forward to the point of piecing it all together.
The vlog is in Dutch; the short summary is that we, the Transketeers, are participating in a Week of prejudice at the city hall of Utrecht. We perform a Privilege-Bingo, put up some provoking stickers and have more fun. Watch it!
Zippora Elders wrote about being different on SSBA-Salon.
Onze redacteur Zippora Elders schreef het gastcommentaar op het thema van de maand december: gender (equality). Een krachtig pleidooi voor ontsnappen aan de norm. En een uitnodiging om na te denken over genderrollen en maatschappelijke opvattingen over wat hetero-normaal is.
Aan de bar van Café Schiller klaagde ik eens dat ik me niet begrepen voelde door bepaalde jongens. Dat ze zich zo ongenuanceerd en onzorgvuldig opstelden. De bevriende barkeeper zei: “Kun je je voorstellen dat je nooit hebt hoeven stilstaan bij hoe het is om ‘de ander’ te zijn? Dat maakt dus lomp.”
Dat zette me aan het denken. Ja. Ik ken de behoefte om mijn blanke, heteroseksuele mannen-vrienden uit te leggen hoe het is om regelmatig seksueel, seksistisch of racistisch (vaak tegelijk) benaderd te worden. Simpelweg om me minder eenzaam te voelen. Maar omgedraaid had ik het nog niet: wat doet het met je als je wél de norm bent?
I work together with Werken zonder Grenzen (Working without Borders) to set up their crowdfunding campaign. Today it was a intense day of getting everything on tape, and in between I managed to shoot some portraits.
I was asked by Levi to document his performance, a collaboration with Bennie. It is video, but for now I will show the stills; I am already quite happy with it so far.
So I made a blitz-visit to Beograd, Serbia, to be there for a the opening with my work at photofestival Vizualizator. I experienced an incredibly interesting conversation (that lasted almost two full days) about the power of photography, lgbtq-rights and diversity. I was able to show the Trans*tapes there, talk to people there and eat the acid cabbage. It was a blast, I did sleep 5 hours in two days, and I would totally continue this journey I went on.
I did show my work Gender as a Performance, and some of the Steaming Studs.
This summer I shot some commissioned portraits for transgenderinfo.nl
The website is now live and looking great, I’ll show you in a different post
Last week we did the summer shoot for the collection of next season for the shoes of Pretty and Fair. And we had our wonderful set-dog in the extremely pretty environment. Soon there are more pictures to be seen here of this shoot.
As one of the organisers of the upcoming exhibition in the altes pfandhaus during the Photokina in Cologne. I would like to invite all who are interested to our special event on Sunday 25th September.
There will be a workshop figure drawing in the middle of the exhibition.
The exhibition is about gender, fluidity and performance and perception of gender and identity with work of Anja Schlamann, Chris Becher and Chris Rijksen.
Chris Rijksen, who also is featured with various self-portraits, will be the model for our figure drawing.
We will provide drawing equipment like paper, but we know most people are happier drawing with their own tools.
So, a quick recap:
What? Figure drawing
Where? Altes Pfandhaus
When? September 25, 16:00
How? Join and draw
Why? It’s great!
See you there!
It’s a pleasure to see that the Pretty&Fair website is up and running with some of my photos, and their instagram as well. I’m looking forward to the next time working with them, and I think it will be in the close future!
I’m happy to announce that I am at the official opening of the exhibition NEW REALITY in the ALTES PFANDHAUS in Cologne tomorrow. Together with with works of Anja Schlamann and Chris Becher we have a nice space with a lot of views on identity.
As I want to show you a bit of the mess I made for the photograph of UITWAS, I also want to point at the crowdfunding campaign they’re organising. Please take a look here for a video and an intriguing story.
The campaign is found at Voordekunst.
A day of research would only be complete with a vlog of my fellow transketeer Bart.
Today I made a mess with these two lovely people, Flore Muuse and Sophia van der Putten. In a few days I’ll show you a bit more of the process…
They are working on a performance, dance and theater mixed in the show LOS.
They have their own website at UITWAS.com
Today I shot the shoes of Pretty&Fair, 100% fair for people and the planet. Vegan shoes in pretty environs, with beautiful weather… even though we had to pretend it was winter for the collection.
Together with Jonah and Bart we started recording the Naked Truth. Videos where we answer questions, and giving the people that follow us on the internets a place to ask the questions they maybe are pondering upon. I’ll share a few of them here, you can see all of them on our FB-page
Jonah is talking about being vulnerable as visible trans*
I’m talking about what I might have lost in the process of transitioning.
Bart is talking about his ‘bubble of manliness’.
We all elaborate on the effects of testosterone.
Jonah on the T in LGBT acronym.
This week I’m in a very small village in the the North of France, Lorraine, and I might even have some holiday-feeling.
To make this website work, I need some time to construct it. Therefore; I redirect all of you who are interested to my previous Cargocollective website and the collective I perform most of my work in; The Transketeers.
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We (Transketeers) gave a workshop during the Midzomergracht festival in Utrecht and some of the positive comments made it to the aftermovie!
Together with Bart and LHBT magazine we did a series Steaming Studs, to have fun with fit transguys.
Now they’re bigger then life in the display of the WE storefront in Utrecht!
I’m very happy to announce that my beloved project the Trans*Tapes are available as Video On Demand. That means that you can watch them from your chair at home if you rent them trough the website.
Here the teaser from the tape of Jackson, just to get you in the mood.
We are working on a documentary project together with the first Transgender Choir of the Netherlands. This is a project with two subjects I’m very much engaged in; music and the empowerment of transpeople. I think it will be beautiful and I’m happy to share it with you. Please enjoy our teaser below!
So I had my most bad-ass shoot since ever. A bunch of girls organise every year the Basketball tournament Dunking Dykes and I was honoured to portray them for an interview. Unfortunately I cannot show all the images yet, but I have one from a behind the scenes moment that I cannot resist not sharing.
For the very special exhibition Transmission at Amsterdam Museum they included a snippet from our Trans*Tapes. I felt very honoured and happy to have my work in such an institute. They also included the print of L’HTBQ magazine, which meant that I was twice represented in this exhibition.
The Trans*Tapes is a series of six short portraits about transgender people in the Netherlands. Released in 2015, it is the first of its kind in this region. While many narratives dealing with the topic ‘transgender’ tend to turn transgender people into subjects instead of humans, the Trans*Tapes focuses on strength, positivity and human resilience. The series broadens the narrative and reveals a more layered image of what it can mean to be transgender. These insightful portraits are first and foremost about the lives and journeys of strong individuals. Through their own nuanced stories, the six people featured in the Trans*Tapes provide a personal and diverse perspective of a label so often stereotyped.
The Trans*Tapes is an initiative started by three transmen; Bart Peters, Jonah Lamers and Chris Rijksen.
Together we form the collective: The Transketeers.
With different backgrounds, but similar views on life they decided to start this exciting collaboration.
After not feeling represented by the current narrative about transgender people, Bart, Chris and Jonah took action to make trans* people’s voices heard. Their mission is to inspire and empower young trans* people and provide their surrounding with a more well-rounded perspective of what their future could look like.
The Trans*Tapes are made with the financial support from the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten, Stichting Democratie en Media, Trutfonds and Stichting Ondersteboven.
For magazine L’HBTQ I shot a bunch of steaming hot boys. Later on they appeared in the storefront of the WE in Utrecht. RAD!
The making of HIJACKING CONFORMITY FOR POETRY, then with still another title for the ONE MINUTES
Hijacking conformity for poetry is an series of videos in an installation. It is a visual essay to bring play into work, disturbance and fun into efficient environments.
I work together in an experimental theater-piece of Suze Otting, with a large amount of improvisation. We all set a challenge for ourself and we try to complete it during the performance. I, as you might have guessed, am trying to fly.
Commissioned work for the Pride Photo Award 2014, portraits of the jury members Simon Njami, Jan van Breda, Sharon Sliwinski, Sujon Song and David Deitcher.
Alternative selection, published photos are available here.
Document 2 of the transformation (2014) – Video
Available upon request
This is an attempt to visualise my struggle to handle invasive questions upon the ‘deviant’ body, the transgender body.
Video made with help from Antonio Martinez and Bart Peters
Iphis – Document 1 of the transformation (2012)
It is an spatial installation with sound, a publication, and above all the last documentation of my body before I started hormone replacement therapy.
GENDER AS A PERFORMCE – 2012
A thought experiment about the perfomativity of gender. Bananas are bananas because we say so. Gender might be constructed the same way; a man is a man, a woman a woman just because we stated it.
You are a gendergenerator (2012)
Part of the installation You are a gendergenerator
installation included two buttons; man and woman, and a red and green light for indication of the answer.
SPOILER: Only the red light would work!